In 1981, Sister Ann Weltz established the Bay Area Crisis Nursery (BACN), which remains the only crisis nursery in the Bay Area offering free, voluntary and confidential services. BACN believes that child abuse is preventable. Helping parents in crisis before an incident occurs is our core tenet.
BACN prevents the abuse and neglect of young children by providing support to families who are under stress or in crisis. In the past 28 years there have been over 20,000 admissions. BACN is a nonprofit organization and has two sites providing 24-hour residential care for children: the Nursery for children birth through age five, and the Dahlstrom House for children age six through eleven. Children receive shelter, food, clothing, toys and tender care while parents develop a plan of action to resolve the crisis and / or alleviate the stress.
BACN’s operations are funded solely by donations from individuals, businesses, the faith community, service clubs and organizations, private foundations and fundraising events. They receive no government funding and services are provided at no fee to our clients. BACN is run with a volunteer Board of Directors, management team, and a staff of 15 devoted to child care. The management team coordinates the operations, volunteers and fundraising. In addition, they are augmented by over 100 childcare volunteers, allowing BACN to maintain its focus on the children.
The Junior League of Oakland East Bay partnered with Bay Area Crisis Nursery to provide volunteers to help sort items for their annual yard sale. We were greeted by Nancy Thomas, Development Director and worked alongside other volunteers from the community.
The BACN yard sale sorting event was a great opportunity to contribute to the wonderful work BACN provides to children and families!
Lily Adam, Jessica Romeo, Sameera Rana and Nancy Thomas after sorting for the BACN Yard Sale.